The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement

36 Pages Posted: 11 May 2004

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Edwin Leuven

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mikael Lindahl

University of Bonn; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

This paper evaluates the effects of two subsidies targeted at disadvantaged pupils in the Netherlands. The first scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent minority pupils extra funding for personnel. The second scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent pupils from different disadvantaged groups extra funding for computers and software. The cutoffs at 70 percent provide a regression discontinuity design which we exploit in a local difference-in-differences framework. For both subsidies we find negative point estimates. For the personnel subsidy these are in most cases not significantly different from zero. For the computer subsidy we find more evidence of negative effects. We discuss several explanations for these counterintuitive results.

Keywords: Policy evaluation, disadvantaged students, computers, teachers, regression discontinuity

JEL Classification: I21, I28, J24

Suggested Citation

Leuven, Edwin and Lindahl, Mikael and Oosterbeek, Hessel and Webbink, H. Dinand, The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement (April 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1122. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=542462

Edwin Leuven (Contact Author)

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Mikael Lindahl

University of Bonn ( email )

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Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

Roetersstraat 11
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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